The flight carried 58 people - 54 passengers and four crew - Taiwan's Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih told Taiwan's Central News Agency. There were conflicting reports about the number of dead and injured. Xinhua said 40 people died, but Yeh said 47 people were trapped and feared dead. The plane took off at 5:43 p.m. local time (5:43 a.m. ET.) and the accident happened on one of the Penghu islands, also known as the Pescadores. Typhoon Matmo hit Taiwan Wednesday with severe rains and fierce winds, shuttering financial markets and schools.
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